forensic nursing 

Forensic nurses stand by 24 hours a day to care for sexual and physical abuse victims. But they not only help vulnerable victims begin healing, they also play a vital role in the justice system.

"It’s all about the patients. Philanthropic support…boils down to one thing: I can help more people from more areas.” - Bonnie Price, director,  Bon Secours St. Mary's Hospital Forensic Nursing Program

A forensic nurse’s typical day can involve:

  • Physical care – treating patients of all ages when the unthinkable has happened
  • Emotional care – working with victims to build trust just after its been broken by abuse
  • Forensic work – collecting fluid and hair samples, photographing for evidence, testifying in providing expert witness testimony court cases.

“Forensic nurses cannot have an agenda. They must be objective fact finders.
The Bon Secours Forensic Nurses are the best in the area.
Their training, preparation and the quality of their work help me do my job better.”

Toni M. Randall, a former defense attorney who now prosecutes violent crimes for the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office in Henrico

Bon Secours forensic nurses receive nearly 2,000 calls for service from more than 20 localities a year. They also train their peers across the region in this advanced practice nursing specialty.

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